More than 200 new immigrants are scheduled to land at Ben Gurion Airport Wednesday afternoon. One more flight of new immigrants (olim) is planned in December, bringing this year's number of North American olim to 3200.
Chicago-born Tuvia Grossman, 25, said his moving to Israel is a way of showing how a small country can stand up against terror. He was one of the first terror victims in the Oslo War which broke out in September, 2000 the day before Grossman was brutally attacked. He was riding in a cab with two friends to pray at the Western Wall Friday afternoon before the beginning of the Jewish New Year (Rosh HaShanah).
A mob of Arabs stopped the vehicle with a barrage of rock throwing near the Lions Gate which leads to the Temple Mount. His friends jumped out of the car and escaped, but Grossman was dragged out by the mob and severely beaten and stabbed. "I understood they had one objective--to murder me in cold blood because I am a Jew in the Holy Land," Grossman said. As the terrorists tried to kill him, he said "Kriyat Shema," the prayer Jews recite when faced with death, and the recital apparently stunned the mob momentarily and allowed him to flee, with a knife stuck in his leg.
Arutz Sheva English radio interviewed Tuvia who said, "That policeman was yelling at the Arabs to back off, and was protecting me from them - so to change it around and to say that he was beating me, that's just total distortion, and the world must be notified about how this is not true - the Jews are the ones suffering at the hands of the Arabs."
Arutz Sheva radio proceeded to interview both the New York Times and the Associated Press. Hear all three radio interviews as they were presented on one of the classic shows of the station's history.
Grossman, a law school graduate, plans to live in Tel Aviv and work as a clerk for the Supreme Court while preparing to pass examinations to practice as a lawyer in Israel.
Joy Langer and her new husband Jeremy Jutkowitz are planning to celebrate on the plane a festive meal as part of the seven-day "Sheva Berachot" (literally: Seven Blessings) celebrations which follow a Jewish wedding. The New Yorkers were married last Monday and will live in Jerusalem. Jutkowitz already is an oleh and now brings with him his new wife from the Diaspora.
Foreign Ministry and Jerusalem municipality officials and Rehovot Chief Rabbi Simcha HaCohen Kook plan to welcome the newcomers at the airport.